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How the zebra got its stripes



17:30 - 18:30


Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales


An experimental lecture from Andrea Sella at the Hay Festival 2015.

Professor Andrea Sella during his 2014 Faraday Prize Lecture.

Everyone loves a zebra. But where do its stripes come from?

A simple answer might be DNA; a more fanciful one that they’re painted on, like the leopard in Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories.

In this lecture, Professor Sella takes us beyond the superficial, through complex and spectacular chemical reactions, and into the very fabric of our universe, where pattern and structure emerge as if by magic.

Chaired by Dan Davis.

This event is part of a series of Royal Society events taking place at the 2015 Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts.

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